1704 The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England
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Early Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
An impressive early edition of statesman, lawyer, diplomat and historian Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon's exhaustive account of the history of English rebellions and civil wars. First published between 1702 and 1704, this is the second Oxford edition of this work.
Illustrated with a frontispiece and engraved title page to each volume.
Half titles present to each volume.
The work expresses Hyde's own views of the Royalist strategies used in the war; despite being a Royalist himself, Hyde was severe in his judgments of both the Royalist commanders and the Parliament commanders.
As Charles II was attempting to regain the throne, Hyde joined him, and he soon became his chief advisor and Lord Chancellor. It was his opinion that the fatal flaw of the Stuart monarchs was letting their sound judgement be swayed and corrupted by their favourites within court, a view he expresses in these volumes.
With the armorial bookplate of Robert Denison to the front pastedown of each volume.
ESTC reference for volume I: T53940, volume II: T147810, volume III: T147811
A smart early edition of the first detailed account of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, from a key player of the events covered.
In full calf bindings. Spine label lacking to volume III, with only half of volume II label remaining. Front board of volume III held loosely by cords to tail only. Front and rear joints of remaining volumes starting, with boards holding firm. Armorial bookplates to front pastedowns. Half titles reinforced to gutters. Internally, firmly bound. Light tidemarks to perimeters of each leaf up to page 16 of volume II, and to the index at the rear of volume III. Pages otherwise generally clean and bright.
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